Living in a historic district, I have learned that there are the underlying stories of truly tragic events that have dotted the landscape of time and space. I found this to be even truer as I was looking into a house as a possibility, and noticed that a large section of the back of the house did not have the same character of the house. It had newer trim; the foundation did not have aged stains and appeared to have been cleaned or replaced, and just had a updated feel. Something was different.
After going looking at the newspaper archives, I understand why it is different. That section had been rebuilt after a blaze that took the lives of three little kids. Hearing the story in the newspaper about how the fire happened and the details of the discovery further only amplified the horrific nature of the event.
A surprising thing happened though, I almost made me feel obligated to raise a family in the house and to restore the sounds of children laughing in the hallways again. The house has been vacant since the event almost 15 years ago, but contractors have repaired all of the damaged area and the house is in better structural condition now then before the event.
Could you buy or live in a place, be it a house, apartment, block or such, knowing of a previous tragic event? Do you think that it would be wrong or just another detail in the timeline of history? Has anything tragic happened in your house or in place where you have lived?